Dr. Zaini receiving a certificate from Dato’ Seri Mohd Khaled Nordin at PICC.

KUALA LUMPUR, 24th. April 2012: – Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Vice-Chancellor Professor Dato’ Dr. Zaini Ujang was present at the launch of the Talent Roadmap 2020 at Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC), today.

Director of Language Academy, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Noor Abidah Mohd Omar said, the Roadmap launched by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak outlined three strategic thrusts to address talent shortages in Malaysia.

“The strategic thrusts are to optimise Malaysian talent, attract and facilitate global talent and build networks of top talent.

“Under the first strategic thrust, TalentCorp has initiated the MyLinE for Employment or MyLinE4E initiative in collaboration with Ministry of Higher education (MOHE), UTM, and ten partner companies,” she said.

She added, under this collaboration, TalentCorp aims to close the Malaysian skills gap in the workforce via a self-directed online portal.

“MyLinE, the national online resource for self-directed learning, hosted, developed and maintained by UTM and with a total of more than 400,000 registered users (students), is selected for the purpose of reaching out to students at the 20 Malaysian Institutions of Higher Learning (IHLs).

“The initiative is one of the many TalentCorp’s Career Awareness programmes. The MyLinE portal will be enhanced with the support from 10 companies and will provide high quality learning closely tied to hiring and exposing students to the real world career learning,” she cited.

Dr. Noor Abidah  said, the collaboration hopes to bridge aspects of employability from the perspective of the industries to the students while they are still at their respective university.

Through this effort the 20 IHLs will be able to work closely with the industries to prepare learning modules or assessments tailored to the students’ curriculum for them to become more industry ready while at the same time meet the IHL’s learning standards.

“Ten partner companies have agreed to cooperate and have pledged their commitment to this initiative which involves providing industry-relevant content and industry-specific learning modules for proper job-matching and improving employability.

“Specifically, MyLinE4E will help students and potential employers to create awareness of opportunities post-university, increase employability of students by bridging skills gap, and match graduates with suitable employers,” she said.

The 10 companies are Accenture, Axiata, CIMB, Ernst&Young, Intel, Maxis, MayBank, Motorola, PWC and Telekom Malaysia.

Dato’ Zaini was present on behalf of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia to exchange the Partnership Document with MOHE, UTM and the 10 partner companies on the MyLinE4E initiative.

The Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, Higher Education Minister, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, and TalentCorp Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Johan Mahmood Merican were at the ceremony.

Also present were the senior officials of the 10 companies, among them, the Managing Director of CIMB, Dato’ Sri Nazir Razak, President and CEO of MayBank, Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid Omar, and Chief Executive Officer of Maxis, Mr Sandip Das.